What was graphite believed to be a form of?

lead
mercury
iron
chalk
When large deposit of graphite was found in the 16th century in England, it was thought to be a form of lead. In many lan­guages, the word for pencil lit­er­al­ly means lead pen. (German Bleis­tift, Polish ołówek, Arabic قلم رصاص)

Answers distribution

lead
mercury
iron
chalk
answers
flagIndia
81%
6%
4%
5%
368
flagAustralia
81%
3%
3%
9%
64
flagthe Philippines
78%
3%
1%
10%
55
flagthe United Arab Emirates
77%
3%
3%
14%
27
flagthe United States
76%
6%
5%
8%
1034
flagMalaysia
76%
3%
0%
19%
26
flagCanada
74%
7%
5%
12%
71
flagNorway
73%
7%
4%
14%
42
flagItaly
73%
13%
5%
7%
38
flagthe United Kingdom
71%
6%
6%
13%
575
flagGermany
69%
5%
9%
14%
205
flagthe Netherlands
69%
6%
10%
13%
46
flagPakistan
68%
4%
7%
9%
41
flagSpain
68%
4%
12%
12%
25
flagPoland
62%
7%
12%
16%
15176
flagUnknown
60%
9%
4%
26%
75
flagNigeria
60%
16%
4%
8%
25
flagFrance
59%
7%
11%
21%
52
flagRepublic of Ireland
58%
11%
16%
13%
36
flagAustria
54%
8%
8%
20%
24

Gender

men59%
women62%
lead
59%
62%
mercury
6%
7%
iron
12%
12%
chalk
21%
17%

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